My Favorite Day of the Week

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Sabbath has, for the most part, been one of the most exciting days of the week for me ever since I was a child. I know that for many of my close friends, and potentially for many of you, that wasn’t always the case, or maybe even still isn’t the case. Sabbath can often be guided more by the “don’ts” and restrictions rather than the amazing opportunities it brings.

Growing up, I loved the opportunity to go to church and see all my friends on Sabbath. Being musical, I also enjoyed being able to use my talents to participate in the worship services. Once church was finished, my family was either always hosting friends for Sabbath lunch or going to friends’ homes for Sabbath lunch. This would turn into Sabbath afternoon hikes, which turned into cookouts by the firepit and more fellowship with friends. The entire day was a delight, spent with the people I loved most in the world. This experience may sound familiar to some, but for many others this may not come close to matching their Sabbath experience.

Going to college or starting your professional career can often be the catalyst that changes our perspective on Sabbath. The amount of work and life responsibilities that we begin to encounter causes us to yearn for the rest and break from it all that Sabbath affords. Even still, Sabbath can sometimes turn into simply the day we are able to get extra sleep, which is not entirely a bad thing, rather than the rich gift it is.

God knows that we are busy, that’s why He gifted us with Sabbath. In Mark 2:27, Jesus declares, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Emphasizing that it is a 24-hour period that allows for a complete recharge. Think about it. What we get to experience on Sabbath is a complete break from our regular routine of the work week. No need to do work projects, household chores, or important tasks. What an incredible gift!

More and more, society is seeing the need for taking a 24-hour break. We see trends for doing social media fasts or spending a whole day with family uninterrupted by phones or technology. Why? Because humanity needs a break from our regular routines.

We have a loving Father who created us and then gifted us with Sabbath. From the very beginning, He knew that we would need a whole day to take a break from our regular routine, to spend time with Him and others. As we move forward, spend a little time reminding yourself about the gift of Sabbath think of ways to make it special, and holy, so that you can more fully cherish the gift that it is. It may just make your Sabbath experience a little better.

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